Located in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman & Nicobar islands are a breath-taking sight of beautiful white sand beaches and rows of coconut trees. There are frequent flights to Port Blair (capital city) from where one can take a ferry to various small islands in the Indian ocean. The climate is warm and tropical with rainfall most during the monsoons. Flora and fauna thrives in these islands hence UNESCO had declared the Great Nicobar Island as one of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves in 2013.
I had visited Havelock island in the Andaman’s back in 2014. It was a 4 hr journey from Port Blair on a government run ferry. The ocean was a shade of blue-green which made the journey a little tolerable (I’m sea sick!). We saw a school of dolphins passing by too. I instantly found myself thinking about all the seafood awaiting me on the other side of this dreadful ride.
The island is packed with hungry tourists and there is no shortage of food here. Though most restaurants serve indian food, you will also find cuisines like chinese, french, italian, etc. I am a seafood addict given my roots, so I was eagerly waiting to devour all that the island had to offer. The island has many french cafes and quaint coffee shops. I went to one such french cafe that was also a library called Full Moon Café. There was nothing better that being there sipping coffee, reading a book with just the sound of trees swaying and the waves breaking on shore.
On the first day of my trip I had an early breakfast of eggs, hash browns, sausages and toasted bread at the hotel. Since the sun sets pretty early, one has to start their ahead of time if you have to make the most of your day. Seafood is on most menus with options like lobsters, oysters, mussels, crabs, king prawns, etc. On my four day visit to the island I usually had lunch at a cafe or local beach-side shack, dinners were often at the hotel. I stayed at the Silver Sands beach resort which had their own private beach. On request the hotel will even arrange a candle-light dinner beneath the stars for you.
I visited the restaurant at the famous Barefoot resort which is on the famous Radhanagar beach for lunch one afternoon. As we sat down with a plate of tuna salad and chicken pizza, there was sudden thundering and rain. Now anyone who has ever been to an island will tell you that it is not the best thing that could happen, but the place is picturesque so it didn’t matter as much. Back at our hotel at Silver sands dinner was mostly seafood. We tried the seafood platter which was a mix of crabs, prawns, squids and lobster tails. The seafood was marinated with red chilies, cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt, etc. and stir fried with onions. Since the islands are a union territory of India you will find curry, bread and vegetable dishes on the menu.
Most restaurants don’t have an alcohol permit so you may not get a chance to have that beer by the beach. I would recommend a trip to this place solely for one reason that it has little or almost no network connection, which makes it the perfect place to unwind far from the WhatsApp pings and Facebook notifications. It also gives you the chance to click all those lovely pictures you can upload on Instagram when your back home. Just saying!!!